Although I wasn't able to be there for Opening Day, I traveled down from Upstate, NY to Washington, DC to catch games 2 and 3 of the Braves 2011 season. This was my first time at Nationals Park. While the stadium was pretty accessible for fans, the overall ballpark experience didn't quite match-up to places like PNC Park, Fenway and, of course, Turner Field.
Tommy Hanson struggled in Saturday's game (he hasn't been effective in any of the 3 starts I've seen in person) and the Braves fell 6-3. The game included 2 rain delays, with hail accompanying the second. While I had to sit through the loss, I was able to see Dan Uggla's first home run in a Braves uniform.
Sunday's game looked as if it was going to be similar to the first, as Tim Hudson labored through the first inning. From there, Huddy settled down and looked like his dominant self from last year. The Atlanta bats did their part was well, exploding for 6 runs in the eighth on the way to an impressive 11-2 win and the series victory. While I haven't been lucky with Tommy Hanson starts, I've seen Tim Hudson pitch in 5 of the past 8 games I've attended, of which the Braves have gone 4-1.
For your viewing pleasure, I've included some games shots from the two days. Enjoy!